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Seats in 30 colleges increased
Syndicate allows partial cut in fee
Chandigarh, August 2
Among the major decisions at the Panjab University syndicate meeting held today, the numbers of seats in 30-odd colleges affiliated to the university have been increased following the approval of the recommendation committee.

Admn rejects revised plans
TDI mall’s opening delayed
Chandigarh, August 2
The Chandigarh administration has once again disapproved of the revised plans for the completion of the TDI mall-cum-multiplex (formerly Jagat Cinema in Sector 17-A) on the grounds of blatant violations, thus further delaying the plans for its opening. The TDI mall whose opening has been delayed in Chandigarh.
The TDI mall whose opening has been delayed in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

PU Ragging Case
Accused gives up; another arrested
Chandigarh, August 2
The suspended student of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) who was charged of allegedly ragging a first year student, surrendered at the Sector 11 police station here today.

Banur Bypoll: Stakes high for Bunny
Mohali, August 2
Though it is a fight between the SAD and the Congress, the byelection for Banur is crucial for the legacy of the late Akali stalwart, Capt Kanwaljit Singh. The stakes are high for SAD candidate Jasjit Singh Bunny as a defeat in the byelection may well be an end of his political career. After initial hiccups, Jasjit Singh managed to pull off with only his father’s legacy on his side.


When prime duty is not policing
Panchkula, August 2
Even as the Panchkula police is facing manpower crunch in view of the sharp increase in crime in the district, its duties include guarding functions being organised by VVIPs in Chandigarh or at the examination centres of Panchkula. Investigation and other security duties have been relegated to the background.

Vice-chairman of school gets judicial remand
Mohali, August 2
Rajinder Parsad, vice-chairman of Bharat Model School at Naya Gaon who was arrested for molesting an 11-year-old student of the school, was remanded in judicial custody today.


The khaas aadmi
Last week I received an email from US with an interesting subject line- "Can this democratic action take place in India ?" Curious, I opened the mail and this is what it said, "Just imagine for a moment, a Patiala District SSP or DIG getting arrested by the District Police on charges of drunk driving!! That is what exactly happened here last night when The Alexandria, Fairfax County, (a suburb of Washington DC ) Police Chief was arrested on charges of drunk driving by the adjoining Arlington County, Police.

CityScope Letters
Educate teachers on handling pupils
This is in reference with the article, “No room for the rod”, by Raveen Thukral published in Chandigarh Tribune on July 27. Most of the teachers of the tricity seem to suffer from wrong notions like, “use of rod could mend a child”, which is totally unwarranted and unwise. The school managements should educate the teachers first as how to handle the children before they start teaching them.

Taking on hi-tech criminals
Police to get latest gadgetry, equipment
Chandigarh, August 2
Keen on not allowing the hi-tech criminals to have an upper hand, the Chandigarh Police has decided to catch up with technology and also equip itself with modern gadgetry and equipment.

City Beautiful’s Ugly face: Sector 50
Civic amenities only in name
Chandigarh, August 2
Civic amenities in Sector 50 have gone from bad to worse in the recent past. Defunct streetlights have not been replaced for months, no drive has been launched against stray cattle, green belts are yet to be developed and sanitation services have been dismal for the past many months.

CBI help sought to review assets of CHB staff
Chandigarh, August 2 Members of the RTI Users Association (Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana chapter) have sought the intervention of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to review the personal properties, bank balances and other assets of all employees of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), along with their immediate family members and relatives.

Girls walk under the umbrella after showers in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

DC, Patiala, Bipinder Singh inspects progress under the NREGA scheme at Akri village near Rajpura. A Tribune photograph

Members of the BEd Teachers’ Front, Punjab, protest outside the DC office in Mohali.

MC Poll for Ward No 10
War of words on code violation hots up
Chandigarh, August 2
With the Day D, August 6, for election to the Ward No 10 of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) drawing close, the war of words between the Congress and the BJP-SAD alliance has intensified.

Govt advocates to protest pay disparity
Panchkula, August 2
In a protest against the disparity in the pay scales of the officers of the prosecution department, all government advocates have decided to wear black badges during the working hours. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Haryana Attorneys Association held here today.

Raid conducted to nab rape accused
Mohali, August 2
The police today conducted raids to arrest the two youths, Harman and Raghav, for their alleged involvement in raping a 17-year-old girl of Sohana. The girl had been allegedly raped by the accused after being abducted from Mohali on July 8. The accused had filmed the girl in an objectionable position and later tried to extort money and jewellery from her.

Now, ‘pain clinic’ at GMCH
Chandigarh, August 2
The Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has decided to start a “pain clinic” for patients suffering from chronic pain in any part of the body.

Licensing Authority set to go online
Chandigarh, August 2
The Licensing Authority set up by the Chandigarh Administration for issuance of licences to food vendors under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act is set to computerise its operations.

Walking backwards for 48 hrs
Chandigarh, August 2
Inspired by an English magazine and determined to get his name in the Guiness Book of World Records, Rattan Dev Jangre (57), covered a distance of 174 km from Gujri Mahal in Hisar to Raj Ghat in Delhi in a record time of 48 hours and 20 minutes, while walking backwards.

11 PGI employees honoured on retirement
Chandigarh, August 2
The PGI director, Prof KK Talwar, honoured 11 officials on their superannuation by presenting mementoes to them. AK Gupta, Deputy Director (Administration), PGI, handed over beneficiary cheques comprising GPF, gratuity and group insurance to them.

Admn officials visit victim’s house
Zirakpur, August 2
District administration officials yesterday met family members of Kamal Sharma, who was electrocuted on July 29. They expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Kamal Sharma.


Rally by protesting teachers
Chandigarh, August 2
On the 33rd day of the ongoing chain fast started by the UT Government schools contractual teachers, a rally was held at Sector 17 today. The teachers raised slogans demanding regularisation of their services against the posts on which they were working on contract on fixed salaries for the past 13 years.


CGC ties up with Kuwait co on placement
Kharar, August 2
The Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Landran, has come out with a new policy for placing its students globally as well as nationally. The training and placement cell of CGC agreed for campus placements of mechanical engineering graduates with Al Magwa Engineering and Contracting Company, WLL, Kuwait, visiting the CGC.

Patiala scribe assaulted
Patiala, August 2
A Patiala-based journalist was reportedly assaulted by two persons, believed to be policemen, here last night.

Membership drive launched
Bassi Pathana, August 2
As per the directions of the party high command, the local unit of the BJP launched a membership drive in Bassi Pathana Mandal by organising a meeting of party workers and office-bearers here today.

Poetry book ‘Sanjhe Pal’ released
Ambala, August 2
Justice Mahesh Grover, Punjab and Haryana High Court, released a Hindi poetry book, “Sanjhe Pal”, written by Neelam Saro, chairperson, Ambala Child Welfare Council, here today.

BJP ready for elections: Gurjar
Ambala, August 2
" In view of reports about early Assembly elections in the state, the BJP is all geared up for these,” said Krishan Pal Gurjar, state president of BJP, here recently.

Placement drive at Sukhmani institute
Dera Bassi, August 2 Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology organised a campus placement drive on the Wi-Fi campus of the engineering college recently.


Advocate Kulwant Singh murder case
CBI court directions for Home Secy
Chandigarh, August 2
Taking serious note of the careless approach of the Home Department, Punjab, in providing relevant documents pertaining to the case of Advocate Kulwant Singh, who was murdered along with his wife and one-year-old son way back in 1993, the CBI special court of Darshan Singh has directed the Home Secretary, Punjab, to take court orders seriously and take personal interest in the case.

Hacking Case
Police remand for BTech student
Mohali, August 2
The B.tech student, Sukhpreet Singh, who was yesterday arrested for cheating USA-based credit card users by stealing their information through hacking, was today remanded to police custody till August 4.


SN Sharma and wife show the broken bolt of their door in Sector 44-C, Chandigarh. Cops try to hush up theft complaint
Chandigarh, August 2
Bringing the “We care for you” slogan of the Chandigarh Police under a cloud, a Sector 44 resident today alleged that the police asked the family to manipulate the facts in the theft complaint.

SN Sharma and wife show the broken bolt of their door in Sector 44-C, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Two hurt as car hits bike
Zirakpur, August 2
Two persons were seriously injured after their motor cycle was hit by an Alto car from the rear on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near here, this afternoon.

Two held on molestation charge
Chandigarh, August 2
Two persons were arrested for allegedly molesting four students of the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, near the dividing road of Sectors 42 and 43 here today.

26-yr-old man commits suicide
Chandigarh, August 2
A 26-year-old resident of Sector 52 here committed suicide by hanging himself with a dupatta from a ceiling fan this afternoon at his residence.


Ameek wins U-19 chess title
Chandigarh, August 2
Ameek Malhotra of St John’s High School, Sector 26, with five points emerged as champion on the concluding day of the Under-19 Chandigarh Chess Championship 2009, which was held at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44.

Ameek Malhotra and Himal Gusain play in the final round of the chess championship in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Table Tennis
Three cheers for Prasoon
Panchkula, August 2
Prasoon Sharma of Manav Mangal School won triple crown for the third consecutive year in the Panchkula District Table Tennis Championship being held in Manav Mangal School.

City school may include golf in curriculum
Chandigarh, August 2
With Jeev Milkha Singh and Kapurthala's Gaganjeet Bhullar making a mark on the world’s golf map, the craze for this game has resulted in one of the Chandigarh schools, Strawberry Fields School, moving ahead to make golf a part of the school curriculum in collaboration with the Chandigarh Golf Club.


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